How Neurologists Use Botox To Treat A Variety of Conditions

When you hear Botox®, chances are, you’re probably thinking of cosmetics and wrinkles. However, Botox can do much more than simply erase cosmetic imperfections.

Since Botox contains a powerful neurotoxin, it can paralyze muscles and prevent them from contracting, which helps treat a variety of neurological conditions. 

That’s why at Jacinto Medical Group, located in Baytown and La Porte, Texas, our neurology department uses Botox to treat a variety of conditions, so patients can improve their health and quality of life without needing major surgery. 

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin made from the Clostridium botulinum toxin. It’s widely known for its ability to hide wrinkles and other cosmetic problems, like crow’s feet.

When Botox is injected into your body, the neurotoxin blocks signals sent by nerve cells. This prevents your nerves from releasing acetylcholine, an important chemical messenger, which results in muscle paralysis.

What many patients may not know, however, is that Botox is highly effective for treating a variety of neurological conditions and medical issues.

Botox in neurology

Botox has the ability to block pain signals, so it’s proven to be an effective way to reduce pain from several neurological disorders. Botox can also help patients improve their quality of life, while reducing the need for surgery.

The FDA has approved Botox to help treat many medical conditions, including chronic headaches, spasticity, dystonia, and eyelid spasms, to name a few.

Chronic migraines

Many people will experience a migraine at some point, but around three million Americans suffer from crippling migraines that interfere with their quality of life.

If you’re one of those three million patients who get chronic migraines, we can help you find relief with Botox. The FDA approved Botox for treating migraines in 2010, so it’s safe and effective.

When using Botox for migraines, one of our neurologists administers it around your neck and at the base of your head. The neurotoxin blocks pain signals from reaching your brain, which lessens muscle tension and gives you much-needed relief.

Spasticity

Adult spasticity, which is involuntary muscle spasms, may occur for a variety of reasons. Multiple sclerosis, for example, can cause intense muscle spasms and tremors. Although there’s no way to treat multiple sclerosis, Botox injections can help manage some of its symptoms. Botox may also help with spasticity from brain injuries and strokes.

Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms and contractions that result in abnormal movements. Dystonia makes it tough for patients to control their movements, and it can affect just about any part of your body.

Botox helps patients who suffer from dystonia to control their symptoms, as it weakens the muscles, which reduces their contractions and spasms.

Eyelid spasms

Blepharospasm is a disorder that causes excessive eyelid spasms, drooping, and twitching. This movement disorder can make it difficult to keep your eyes open and control their movements.

As with other conditions, Botox works the same with blepharospasms. It paralyzes your eyelid muscles to stop spasms from occurring.

What to expect with Botox

It’s important to know that Botox isn’t a permanent solution to your symptoms. In most cases, one treatment can last anywhere from three to six months and may start working within the first week.

You may need follow-up treatments, but these additional appointments allow our team measure how well Botox works for your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

The side effects of Botox injections are temporary and rare, and include flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness, dry mouth, and pain at the injection site.

Ready to see if Botox can help you? Set up your appointment at Jacinto Medical Group by phone, or use our online booking tool.

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